To me December feels incomplete without an advent calendar. In Germany, where I grew up, multiple traditions such as advent calendars and advent wreath symbolize an anticipation of Christmas. The lighting of each candle on the wreath and the opening of each door or little package of the advent calendar are a realization of a … Continue reading Advent calendar wall hanging
After finishing my "digging deeper" quilt top, I felt both excited and nervous about quilting it. I was excited, because I wanted to explore and learn techniques that can heighten and add depth to a quilt design. But I also felt nervous, because I still have very little experience and consequently little intuition for what … Continue reading Overcoming quilting anxiety with a test run
The project I'm going to talk about here started several years ago, on one of many afternoons that I spent sewing at my grandmother's house. My grandmother has sewn garments for decades and has accumulated a huge bag full of scraps. Often I would sit on the floor in her sewing room, empty the bag … Continue reading Bringing order into a scrappy quilt?